President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi of Egypt arrived in Kenya on Saturday (18/02/17) for the first State Visit to the country by a sitting Egyptian Head of State.
The two leaders held bi-lateral talks where they pledged to strengthen ties in various sectors of cooperation.
“Without a doubt, Kenya and Egypt enjoy cordial and friendly relations founded on a long history of friendship and common aspirations of our people,” President Uhuru said.
“Our ties go back to the pre-colonial days when the then President provided assistance to our Kenyan freedom fighters and others through the Kiswahili broadcast from Cairo which was then called the Voice of Africa,” he added.
El-Sisi and Uhuru endorsed the Kenya-Egypt Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) – which is in its sixth cycle – as the right vehicle for promoting political, economic and social cooperation between the two African nations.
“Indeed as we have said, it has eased an array of agreements and memorandum of understanding covering matters as diverse as agriculture, livestock, tourism and trade, education, culture, investment and diplomacy,” Uhuru stated.
El-Sisi on his part stated the need for both countries to strengthen their cooperation especially in dealing with terrorism and extremism.
“I am very pleased to be in Nairobi. I look forward to our continued communication to strengthen our cooperation in combating extremism,” El-Sisi said.
He said the two countries will combine efforts to restore stability in the Horn of Africa, emphasising that Egypt will not spare any effort to take strategic partnership with Kenya to a whole new level.
He further welcomed the growing cooperation between the private sectors of both nations in the recent years.
Earlier on after El-Sisi was received by President Uhuru, he was accorded full military honours including a 21-gun salute at State House, Nairobi.